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Blueberry - DeSoto (Rabbit Eye)Vaccinium virgatum
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
DeSoto blueberry is a newer rabbiteye variety, originally selected in 1976, but just released in 2004 by the USDA. DeSoto is a short-statured rabbiteye blueberry growing to around 5′ tall and 4′ wide. The berries are sweet, aromatic, and large. In southern MS, AL, and GA they start to ripen at the end of June through early August, providing a longer window of fresh berry picking than standard commercial cultivars. Ripening time in Kentucky will be between early August and September. Yields have been measured at 10-12 pounds per bush. DeSoto is also very late to bloom, so it works well in areas that have potential late frost issues; though low, wet spots should be avoided as DeSoto has shown a lack of vigor in those areas. Compact and late, DeSoto is an excellent addition to the backyard growers blueberry patch, extending the season much later with high quality, sweet blueberries.
USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
More Information: Blueberry Growing Guide
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STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.